During a successful counterattack in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, the Ukrainian armed forces seized a number of enemy equipment, ammunition and captured dozens of Russian soldiers. Some of them decided to surrender themselves, and one even came in a tank himself. A. Jusovas, the representative of the Prisoners’ Coordinating Headquarters, told about this on the air of “Kanal 24”.
According to him, Russian soldiers surrender en masse, sometimes units do this along with the available military equipment.
There were also those who were captured during military operations. So now the exchange fund has been filled with both Russian cadre soldiers and Wagner mercenaries and forcibly mobilized emigrants from the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”. As for Wagner’s mercenaries, there are a number of prisoners who were recruited for military operations in Ukraine.
As for the representatives of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, according to A. Yusov, most of them are people who were mobilized against their will, their moral and psychological condition was already deplorable, and now it has worsened even more.
“This is a colorful enough audience that Ukraine is ready to hand over to Russia in accordance with the norms of international law, according to the Geneva Convention, and in return to get its people back,” says A. Yusov.
However, according to the representative, not all prisoners of war want to return to Russia. Prisoners from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are the most against it. The desire to return to the homeland is burning, and far from all Russians.
Such opt-outs will be dealt with separately. For the time being, they will be kept in special places where they will be treated according to the norms of international law. Regardless, everyone will be held accountable for the crimes committed, A. Jusovas assured.
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